Franklin named to Big 12 Good Works Team

IRVING, Texas Senior guard James Franklin was named to the 2007-08 Big 12 Conference Winter Sports Good Works Team on Monday in an announcement by the league office.


The 12-member team, which includes Big 12 student-athletes from basketball, gymnastics, swimming and diving and wrestling, recognizes individuals for their service to the community.  Franklin was joined on the team by Baylor’s Mark Shepherd (men’s basketball), Colorado’s Jermy Jackson-Wilson (men’s basketball), Iowa State’s Shellie Mosman (women’s basketball), Kansas’ Meghan Proehl (women’s swimming and diving), Missouri’s Joey Garrity (wrestling), Nebraska’s Paul Velander (men’s basketball), Oklahoma’s Josh Weitzel (wrestling), Oklahoma State’s Danielle Green (women’s basketball), Texas’ Earnesia Williams (women’s basketball), Texas A&M’s Kyle Holland (men’s swimming and diving) and Texas Tech’s Jordan Murphree (women’s basketball).


Franklin, who saw action in a career-high 11 minutes against Oklahoma State on Saturday, is in his second season as a walk-on at Kansas State after transferring from Cowley County (Kan.) Community College.  He has seen action in 12 games his career, including nine this season.  He is the second straight men’s basketball player to earn recognition to the team following Clent Stewart, who was named to the inaugural Winter Sports Good Works Team in 2006-07. 


Nationally-ranked Kansas State (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) begins the second half of Big 12 play on Wednesday with a trip to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech (12-10, 3-5 Big 12) at United Spirit Arena at 8 p.m. CT.  The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.